Observing Animals: Behavioral Studies in Zoos

BIOLGY X 480.31
This course introduces methods and techniques of studying animal behavior. Topics include techniques of organizing and collecting data and accurately assessing and describing behavior. This course takes place at the LA Zoo.
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Classroom
Starting at $413.00
13 weeks
3.0 Credits

What you can learn.

  • Yield meaningful and useful results in the study of animal behavior
  • Organize and collect numerical data
  • Produce accurate descriptions of behavior
  • Learn to recognize various components, categories, and contexts of behavior
  • Minimize artifacts and errors in studies

About this course:

The successful study of the behavior of animals, whether in zoos or their natural environments, requires organized functional methods of description and data collection (as well as dedication and patience) in order to yield meaningful and useful results. This course provides an introduction to these methods and techniques of studying the behavior of animals without experimental manipulation. Topics include techniques of organizing and collecting numerical data; methods of producing accurate descriptions of behavior; recognizing various components, categories, and contexts of behavior; and minimizing artifacts and errors in such studies. Instruction emphasizes practical firsthand application of such techniques to behavioral problems and studies. In addition to lectures and demonstrations, participants conduct a study project on selected species at the Los Angeles Zoo.

Fall 2018 Schedule

These courses meet in person and make use of an online presence to varying degrees.

Available
-
Thursday, Saturday
Location: Los Angeles
363313
Fee:
$413.00
35 days left. Enroll by Sep 20, 2018
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Notes

No meeting November 22.

Offered in cooperation with the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA).

Credit students receive homework assignments each week and are required to engage in at least 15 hours of observational study at the zoo.

Enrollment limited; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. Enrollment deadline: September 20, 2018. No refund after October 4, 2018.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after October 4, 2018
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Lecture
Thu Sep 20, 2018
7:30PM - 10:00PM
Los Angeles
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens TBD
Lecture
Thu Sep 27, 2018
7:30PM - 10:00PM
Los Angeles
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens TBD
Lecture
Thu Oct 4, 2018
7:30PM - 10:00PM
Los Angeles
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens TBD
Lecture
Thu Oct 11, 2018
7:30PM - 10:00PM
Los Angeles
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens TBD
Lecture
Sat Oct 13, 2018
8:00AM - 4:00PM
Los Angeles
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens TBD
Lecture
Thu Oct 18, 2018
7:30PM - 10:00PM
Los Angeles
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens TBD
Lecture
Thu Oct 25, 2018
7:30PM - 10:00PM
Los Angeles
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens TBD
Lecture
Thu Nov 1, 2018
7:30PM - 10:00PM
Los Angeles
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens TBD
Lecture
Thu Nov 8, 2018
7:30PM - 10:00PM
Los Angeles
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens TBD
Lecture
Thu Nov 15, 2018
7:30PM - 10:00PM
Los Angeles
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens TBD
Lecture
Thu Nov 22, 2018
7:30PM - 10:00PM
Los Angeles
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens TBD
Lecture
Thu Nov 29, 2018
7:30PM - 10:00PM
Los Angeles
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens TBD
Lecture
Thu Dec 6, 2018
7:30PM - 10:00PM
Los Angeles
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens TBD
Lecture
Thu Dec 13, 2018
7:30PM - 10:00PM
Los Angeles
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens TBD

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